Heart’s new box set, ‘Strange Euphoria,’ is out now, but the band also has a new studio album and autobiography on the way. The new album will be titled ‘Fanatic,’ with the book titled: ‘Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll’.’ The band have posted two new tracks, and I have to say they are the most rocking songs I have heard from the Wilson sisters in a long time! The title track and ‘Dear Old America’ hark back to the best of the late 70’s/early 80’s sound, with a modern touch. On first listen I heard a passion in both, with amazing vocal and guitar work.
Ann Wilson says she’s “real excited about” the collection of new tunes. The singer reports that the album is “way more rock-heavy” than Heart’s previous record, 2010’s ‘Red Velvet Car.’ “It’s got 10 songs on it and I think two of them are what you’d call ballads,” Wilson adds. She also reveals that Fanatic is “going to be released on October 2.”
Heart’s 14th studio album features 10 new songs, including “Fanatic,” “Dear Old America,” “Walkin’ Good” (featuring Sarah McLachlan), “Skin and Bones,” “Million Miles,” “Pennsylvania,” “Mashallah,” “Rock Deep (Vancouver),” “59 Crunch,” and “Corduroy Road.”
“Dear Old America,” which Ann says is inspired by the United States’ recent military conflicts. “[It’s] from the perspective of a soldier in…Afghanistan or Iraq and what it’s like to be them and what goes through their mind,” she explains, “and coming back to America after they go through that.”
Fanatic was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink back at the helm with the Wilson sisters drawing from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. “Rock Deep (Vancouver)” harkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written; and “Walkin’ Good” (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.
The title song is a celebration of the Wilson’s life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art, truth, and the belief that they can do anything together they set their minds to.
Listen to ‘Dear Old America’ here www.heart-music.com
Heart will be touring throughout the summer and fall (June 29-November 17). Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin will be supporting in October and November respectively. This fall , Ann and Nancy Wilson will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (followed by a live concert webcast).
The hardcover edition of ‘Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,’ will be released by HarperCollins on Sept. 18th. The memoir was penned by Ann & Nancy Wilson with noted Seattle-based author Charles R. Cross (“Room Full of Mirrors – A Biography of Jimi Hendrix”; “Heavier Than Heaven” – a biography of Kurt Cobain).
Read a recent interview with Ann Wilson here: www.minnesota.cbslocal.com
Here’s a podcast on the release of ‘Strange Euphoria,’ with the title track from ‘Fanatic’